A 4-year-old girl died Tuesday as a result of an apartment fire in south St. Louis that also claimed the lives of a 6-month-old boy and 5-year-old girl, authorities said.
Heaven Coleman succumbed to her injuries Tuesday morning, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said.
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She was among three children found trapped inside the apartment during the fire Sunday.
Officers attempted to rescue the children from the three-story apartment building but were unable to due to the intensity of the fire, police said.
The St. Louis Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.
Six-month-old Damarion Eiland was pronounced dead at the scene. The 4-year-old was taken to the hospital in critical condition along with 5-year-old Dream Coleman, who died Monday.
The children were home alone when the fire broke out, and police are seeking involuntary manslaughter, endangering and resisting arrest charges against the 23-year-old mother, who showed up at the apartment after the fire was put out, The Associated Press reported.
Police told NBC News a suspect was taken into custody Sunday.
The circuit attorney’s office has asked police to investigate more before filing any charges against the mother, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The Associated Press contributed.